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NASA’s Cold Atom Lab Produces Fifth State of Matter on Space Station
This artist’s illustration shows six finely tuned lasers being used to slow down atoms inside NASA’s Cold Atom Lab, which chills atoms to almost absolute zero. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

PASADENA, Calif. (NASA/JPL-Caltech PR) — This month marks 25 years since scientists first produced a fifth state of matter, which has extraordinary properties totally unlike solids, liquids, gases and plasmas. The achievement garnered a Nobel Prize and changed physics.

A new study in the journal Nature builds on that legacy. In July 2018, NASA’s Cold Atom Lab  became the first facility to produce that fifth state of matter, called a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC), in Earth orbit.

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